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first_imgDuarte offensive lineman Mike Harris signed with UCLA, Bishop Amat linebacker Carlton Fletcher is headed to Army, West Covina defensive back William Wallace is off to Oregon and Damien defensive back Daniel Harper will attend Georgetown. Dennis and Thomas, who are friends despite playing for high schools on opposite sides of the Valley, hope to make an immediate impact as Bulldogs. Thomas will play cornerback and Dennis will be a safety. “It’s a big honor,” Thomas said. “I worked hard throughout my high school career. I wasn’t even a football player when I got to Duarte, but then I met coach (Wardell) Crutchfield and he showed me a lot. He produced it and I’m here now.” Harris, who cleared the way for Thomas and other Falcons weapons, was probably the most high-profile signee of the day. He committed to UCLA soon after the season and gladly made it official on Wednesday morning. “I’m very proud,” said Harris, who is 6-foot-8, 315 pounds. “I fell in love with UCLA during my visit. I know I can be great going to this school. I want to go to the next level after college football and I know this place was just right for me. • Video: Signing Day in Pasadena • Video: Signing Day in SGV Half of Fresno State’s secondary could look very familiar to local high school football fans in a couple of years. “I just hope we can set an example to other guys coming from Duarte and other smaller schools. I just want to be a role model to the younger kids I know and the kids coming up.” The opportunity to play alongside former West Covina teammate Walter Thurmond III was a big reason why Wallace chose Oregon, where he will play defensive back. “When I took my visit, it made me comfortable being up there with Walter,” Wallace said. “I didn’t have the best high school career, but I worked hard and had a lot of people on my side. I’m just blessed to be in this situation and I thank God for it.” Harper, who came out of obscurity and enjoyed a strong senior season at Damien, made probably the most impressive academic signing of the day by choosing Georgetown. “Georgetown, it speaks for itself. It’s a highly academic school,” Harper said. “For me and my family, that was in the forefront of our minds before football, before anything. “I just wanted to go to a school where I could get a great education, and I think Georgetown is the perfect place for me.” Fletcher will leave the Valley as a citizen and eventually leave West Point as a second lieutenant. The linebacker led Amat in tackles this past season. He will switch to safety. Dennis became the latest in a recent line of Division I signees to exit Diamond Ranch. He’s also the latest member of his family to play for the Bulldogs, joining his father and his uncle, Anthony Mosley, who had a cup of coffee in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. St. Lucy’s soccer standout Sara Plutko signed a letter of intent to play at Oregon. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Diamond Ranch’s Terrence Dennis and Duarte’s Jermaine Thomas signed letters of intent to become Bulldogs on Wednesday. Dennis and Thomas were among six area football standouts who officially chose their college destinations for next season. last_img read more